January 22, 2013

Earthquake Awareness Seminar for Students

Over two hundred Grade 6 students from the Hayes Primary & Junior High School benefitted from an Earthquake Awareness Seminar which was coordinated by Jamalco as part of the company’s Jamalco in Schools’ programme.

 The seminar, which was very interactive, saw the students watching a short video about earthquakes. This was followed by a question and answer session. The students also participated in drills and were told how to react in the event of an earthquake.
 
Southern Regional Disaster Coordinator for the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) Camille Beckford-Palmer, said too many persons are injured during earthquakes because they do not know how to react in the event of an earthquake. She advised the children to put into practice what they learnt by following the ‘drop, cover and hold’ procedure and to share the information with their parents. She also implored the students to only seek shelter under fixtures that are made from hard wood.
 
Earthquake Awareness Week will begin on Monday January 20 but the ODPEM will be focusing on disaster preparedness with special emphasis on earthquakes during the first quarter of the year. The other facilitator at the seminar was the Parish Coordinator for ODPEM Patricia Paul.


Earthquake awareness presentation

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ODPEM Coordinator Camille Palmer urged students to practice 'drop, cover and hold' procedure.